The bus industry is to receive the lion’s share â€“ 73% â€“ of the 5m grants from the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Clean Vehicle Technology Fund (CVTF).
In total, the 5m will see 1,163 vehicles from buses to taxis and fire engines receive a variety of retrofit equipment to clean up emissions, after Transport Minister Baroness Kramer announced the successful bidders for the 5m fund.
This is the first time that CVTF funding has been available for a wider range of vehicles.
In total 17 local authorities have been awarded grants for a wide variety of cutting-edge, pollution-reducing technologies.
In addition, the DfT also announced an additional 50,000 to help local authorities monitor the results of their clean technology projects.
In total 663 buses will be fitted, costing 3.6m â€“ an average of 5,497 per bus. The Greater London Authority won 500,000 to fit Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to 400 Euro 3 buses, and one trial system to a fire engine. This is the cheapest project, averaging at 1,246 per bus.
Most of the other projects cost around 15,000 per bus, with the most being 20,000 per bus in Leicester to retrofit five Euro 3 buses with SCR.
The other winning local authorities with bus bids are:
- South Yorkshire PTE â€“ fitting 41 First South Yorkshire Euro 4 Volvo B9TL deckers with Thermal Management Technology (TMT), an exhaust gas treatment
- Merseytravel â€“ 19 Arriva buses with TMT, 11 buses with SCR plus electronic fans (eFan), seven buses with SCR
- Southampton â€“ nine buses with TMT, 23 Go-Ahead Bluestar Unilink single-deckers with hybrid flywheels
- Bradford â€“ 25 buses with SCR
- Bristol â€“ 42 buses with TMT
- West Yorkshire PTE â€“ 23 Euro 4 BMC school buses with SCR
- Newcastle â€“ 30 buses with KERS hybrid flywheels
- Dudley â€“ 10 Euro 2 and Euro 3 coaches with SCR
- Colchester â€“ 10 buses with SCR
- Chester â€“ six double-deckers and two single-deckers with SCR.
Says Baroness Kramer: â€œThe CVTF means councils can now lead the way on introducing greener vehicles. We received imaginative applications from local authorities from across England.
â€œThe funding we are providing will result in real public health benefits while supporting skilled jobs and economic growth in the environmental technologies industries.â€
The 2014 CVTF builds on last year’s Clean Bus Technology Fund pilot which awarded 7.3m across 26 local authorities to fund the modification of 500 buses, using innovative and proven technologies.
As part of the requirements of the CVTF, successful projects are required to monitor the effectiveness of the technologies and provide a useful learning tool to other local authorities considering green vehicle upgrades.